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Education has quickly evolved over the past 10 years. Traditional education isn't teaching the skill sets that are in demand, leaving students without the right knowledge to get the jobs they want or the skills that they need to succeed. As a result, we've seen the rise of alternative education programs within the digital industry in Houston and all around the world.
Bootcamps, code schools, distance learning programs, online mentorship, and charity scholarships are some of the programs and incentives that have responded to this need.
But how do students and parents find and navigate these new opportunities? Join us for an informative panel discussion and collaborative Q&A on innovative and alternate paths to success
Find out what educators, students, edtech professionals, career accelerators and online institutions have to say about this in an epic debate of educational proportions!
This event will be hosted online due to safety considerations, please check out the "Preparation" section on the bottom of this page. Registered participants will be notified in advance of this program with information on how to log in to the event.
Managing Director, Dallas,
Stephanie Valadez is the Managing Director, Dallas of Per Scholas, a national nonprofit that prepares motivated and curious adults for successful careers in technology and creates onramps to businesses in need of their talents.
She oversees market-driven training program operations, strategy and fund development. In 2018, Per Scholas Dallas prepared over 400 students to launch a career in tech through their rigorous 10 to 15-week training courses. She has been instrumental in recent projects including site expansion, building out a local advisory board, deepening the Per Scholas footprint in the Dallas market and the introduction of new training tracks to include software engineering and cybersecurity in 2020.
Valadez serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council for the City of Carrollton and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Pathways to Work Advisory Group.
Prior to Per Scholas, Valadez led diversity recruitment and a workforce development program for nonprofit North Texas LEAD, closely partnering with locally-based Fortune 500 companies. Early in her career, she was a recruiter for a large global HR service provider and a multinational market research firm.
Stephanie earned her B.A. in Mass Communication from Texas State University. As a Dallas-area native, she returned to her hometown after college where she now resides with her husband and two young children. In her downtime, she enjoys working out at F45 daily and is a contributing food blogger.
Director, Regional Workforce Development,
Greater Houston Partnership
Our goal is to work with industry and education leaders to bridge the skills gap in the Greater Houston area, as well as to raise awareness of careers for students and job seekers who may not know of existing opportunities for Houstonians with less than a four year degree.
Dawn (Mitchell) Owens Author of "Light After a Layoff"
I am a career consultant, author, and speaker, who loves to ENCOURAGE professionals in transition to soar to new heights in life and business.
As founder and Chief Executive Advisor of The Corporate Couch, I serve individuals, corporations, and non-profit organizations through providing coaching, consulting, and writing services, as well as inspirational speeches and workshops.
With more than twenty years of combined experience as a corporate communications professional, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher, my "super power" is the ability to quickly help clients identify and uncover blocks within themselves and within their organizations that hinder them from exceeding their professional goals and objectives. My clients ultimately enjoy renewed vision, clarity of purpose, enhanced focus and many other benefits.
My latest book, "Light After a Layoff", equips professionals in transition with the spiritual tools needed to NEVER GIVE UP! Find out more about the book and other services offered at www.TheCorporateCouch.com.
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit that drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous and tuition-free technology training and professional development, we prepare motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed for successful careers as technology professionals, and we create onramps to businesses in need of their talents. Today we provide our solutions in fourteen cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Greater Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; the National Capital Region; Newark, NJ, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. To date, Per Scholas has trained more than 10,000 individuals, helping them build lasting, life-changing skills and careers in technology.
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit that seeks to eradicate gender disparities in high-tech industries and startups by engaging, educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. From technical courses and leadership bootcamps to hackathons and startup competitions, it is our mission to support women entirely with the access and community they need to succeed in tech.
Across the globe, GIT exists for anyone with an interest in technology regardless of age or profession, and we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in San Francisco, the Girls in Tech impact has affected more than 100,000 members in 36 countries around the world. Programming in each regional chapter varies to fit the unique needs of their communities.
Houston Exponential (HX) is a non-profit organization created to accelerate the growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem. We believe Houston is where the world will come to solve problems that matter. HX is leading the charge to turn Houston into a hub for high-growth high-potential companies by creating pathways for innovation to flow at scale. We are aligning ecosystem support around strategic initiatives that are connecting, attracting, and promoting startups, investors, corporations, government, and universities.
The Ion is a nucleus for innovation in Houston, fostering a community and culture where entrepreneurs and corporations come together to solve some of the world’s greatest problems.
ITExperience is a non-profit organization that provides educational and real-life IT project experience to participants with the goal to help them be better equipped with the skills needed in the IT/Technology industry that will enable them to land a job or start their own business. Our target participants include upskillers, IT/Tech Bootcamp graduates, fresh graduates in the technology industry, people returning to the industry. Our platform will provide tools for online training and collaboration such as Udemy, Cousera, Udacity, Github, Trello and will also draw mentors from the academia and industry experts. In addition to providing educational, mentoring and real-life project experiences, our platform will also assist participants in networking with industry, resume services, job search and IT/Tech job recruiting.
Women Who Code is the largest and most active community in the world dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We empower engineers with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. WWCode has garnered a membership exceeding 167,000, executed more than 9,000 events around the world, and has a presence in 20 countries.
Fiverr's mission is to change how the world works together. The Fiverr platform connects businesses of all sizes with freelancers offering digital services in more than 250 categories, across 8 verticals including graphic design, digital marketing, programming, video and animation. Since inception, the platform has served over 5.5 million businesses and has facilitated over 50 million transactions. Fiverr's global community of freelancers spans across more than 160 countries.
We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.
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